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Starbucks Exec Takes Down National Organization for Marriage Representative

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Starbucks and Marriage EqualityA representative from the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was promptly shut down after confronting a Starbucks executive on the topic of marriage equality at the annual Starbucks Shareholders Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Jonathan Baker, director of NOM’s Corporate Fairness Project and self-identified Starbuck’s shareholder, asked whether the company’s support for marriage equality might affect the company internationally and offend supporters of so-called “traditional marriage.”

The Starbucks rep responded by saying: “I think Starbucks has many constituents, and from time to time we are going to make a decision that we think is consistent with the heritage and the tradition of the company that perhaps may be inconsistent with one group’s view of the world or a decision we may make…We made that decision, in our view, through the lens of humanity and being the kind of company that embraces diversity.”

Full Story from Think Progress

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Fed Ex Exec Was Major Donor to Prop 8 Proponents

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Jon CannonWe learned yesterday that FedEx, as a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, was one of the companies responsible for passage of a religious-right sponsored bill that would repeal Nashville’s gay/trans civil rights ordinance AND ban any municipal civil rights laws in that state, forever.

Today one of our intrepid readers discovered that a senior exec at FedEx was also a major donor to the Prop 8 campaign that stole marriage rights away from gay couples in California:

Jonathan Cannon – Senior VP of US Operations $9,999

Who is Jonathan Cannon? He’s the Senior VP for US and Global Operations of Fedex. Jon Cannon serves as senior vice president of global operations for FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc., an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX). In this role, he oversees all operations for more than 1,900 FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers and FedEx Office Ship Centers around the world.

Full Story from AmericaBlog

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